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Professors Struggle To Adapt As Students Forego Books

On the last day of a pediatric dentistry course offered this summer at the University of Minnesota, adjunct assistant professor Jen Post asked her class a pointed question. “For the purposes of planning for next year, I’m just wondering how many of you bought the book for this course,” she asked. “Anyone?”

Not one aspiring dental hygienist raised a hand.

The $85 textbook was, technically speaking, optional. But Post says even when it was required in years past, few students bought it. They also didn’t even try to rent or borrow it. “Then they didn’t know answers on exams. They didn’t know where it was coming from,” says Post.